Derwent Water close to Keswick
Derwent Water close to Keswick

The Lake District Lakes and Fells

Below you will find a selection of articles and photographs about the truly stunning Lake District and Cumbria Lakes and Fells, including the Lake District National Park. It really is a truly spectacular area of the England, and one of the most visited in the whole of the UK. Read about each area, marvel at the landscape and dream about your next visit - you will not be disappointed.

Arnside and Silverdale

Carnforth, South Lakes

The diverse landscape and scenery of this area includes ancient woodlands, rolling heaths and breathtaking coastlines. The abundant wildlife here, including migrant birds from all over the world...

 
Bassenthwaite Lake

Keswick, North Lakes

The southern most end of the lake provides a breeding ground for more than 70 species of birds. Sailing on Bassenthwaite is restricted and power boating is not allowed, this is to help protect the...

 
Brothers Water

Ambleside, Central Lakes

Set in Hartsop Valley, Brothers Water used to be called Broad Water however the name was changed in the 19th century when two brothers tragically drowned in the...

 
Coniston Water

Ambleside, Central Lakes

In the 13th and 14th Centuries the lake provided fish for the monks of Fountains Abbey who owned the lake and much of its surrounding area at the time. Then more recently Coniston Water was used to...

 
Crummock Water

Keswick, North Lakes

Crummock Water is located between Loweswater and Buttermere in the North West region of the Lake District National Park. Buttermere is located very close by in the same valley, and it is very likely...

 
Derwentwater

Keswick, North Lakes

Most of the shoreline around Derwent is owned by the National Trust. The beautiful valley of Borrowdale can be found at the southern end of the lake. The landscape around the water has many different...

 
Devoke Water

Central Lakes

Often overlooked as it lies in such a remote and isolated place, which can only be accessed by the bridle path from the fell road, it is a great place to escape to for total peace and...

 
Ennerdale

Cleator Moor, Central Lakes

Ennerdale is a deep glacial lake measuring at 148 ft deep, ¾ mile wide and 2.5 miles long. The water in the lake is extremely clear and holds a variety of fish. Ennerdale owned by United...

 
Grasmere Lake

Ambleside, Central Lakes

Grasmere Lake is located in the centre of the Lake District and it is one of the most popular tourist locations with in the Lake District. The lake is set amongst a back drop of stunning scenery, and...

 
Haweswater

Penrith, North Lakes

In 1929 a bill was passed by Parliament authorising the use of Haweswater as a reservoir for Manchester, so a concrete dam was built 1550 feet wide and 120 feet high which raised the level of the...

 
Hayeswater

Windermere, South Lakes

Hayeswater is located a mile south east of the Hamlet of Hartstop in the Valley of Patterdale. 'The Knott' which has a summit of 2408 feet can be found to the west of the lake and 'Gray Crag' lies to...

 
Lake Buttermere

Cleator Moor, Central Lakes

This area of the Lakes has been popular with visitors since tourism took off in the Lake District. It is very popular with walkers and offers some of the best natural attractions in the country. A...

 
Lake Windermere

Windermere, South Lakes

In the 1930's Windermere was privately owned, and then the Sheriff at the time bought the lake and gave it to the local people living in and around Windermere. Today the District Council owns the...

 
Loweswater

Cockermouth, North Lakes

Loweswater one of the most attractive Lake's in Cumbria and is situated not far from Cockermouth and can be easily reached from other areas of West Cumbria. Loweswater is perhaps one of the nicest...

 
Quick Guide to the Lake District

Visit Dove Cottage (but not in high season), Wordworths home in Grasmere. Gaze across Tarn Hows towards the beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and the Langdale Pikes. Steam along the scenic...

 
Rydal Water

Ambleside, Central Lakes

Rydal Water is located between Ambleside and Grasmere near to the hamlet of Rydal in the Rothay Valley. William Wordsworth lived in Rydal for 37 years and Dove Cottage was one of his homes whilst...

 
Thirlmere

Keswick, North Lakes

Originally two smaller lakes Thirlmere is now 3.5 miles long, 1.2 mile wide and 158 feet deep. In 1889 it was purchased by the Manchester Corporation and dammed to become on huge reservoir. The...

 
Ullswater

Penrith, North Lakes

Ullswater's mirrored surface and softly curved shore of green fields, trees and steep rock face is a view not to be missed. You may even catch sight of a red squirrel or a wild deer. The lake itself...

 
Wasdale  Head

St. Bees, Central Lakes

Wasdale Head is the home of UK rock climbing and surrounded by England’s tallest mountains- Scafell Pike. If you are an experienced mountaineer you'll love it here as there are lots of...

 
Wast Water

Central Lakes

Wasdale Valley is isolated and rugged; scree reaches right down to the shoreline on the furthest side of the lake creating a dramatic crumbling 1500 feet high wall of rock. The rock is tinted with...

 
What is a National Park?

The worlds first National Park - Yellowstone Park in the USA was established in 1872 by an Act of Congress. In 1889, there was a farsighted leader in the Manchester Guardian which suggested that the...